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Crime victim advocate's work was a job well done

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: December 11, 2010

Oklahoma has lost one its greatest advocates for crime victims. Judy Busch lost her valiant battle with lung cancer. When her 7-year-old granddaughter, Katherine Ann Busch, was murdered in Yukon in 1990, Judy set a course that forever changed the way murder victims' families are treated by the criminal justice system. Emerging from personal grief, she formed the Homicide Survivor's Support Group. She sat with countless families through the murder trials of their loved ones. She worked with legislators to pass laws such as one allowing victim impact statements, finally giving victims a voice in the courtroom.

Judy changed the way the media reports crime stories, making sure they always included the victim's perspective. What started as an effort to ensure Kathy would never be forgotten ended in a statewide change for the better for victims. Surely among those welcoming her “home” will be not only Kathy, but those murder victims she never met but whose families she stood with during the most terrible of times.

Anyone who thinks one person can't make a difference never knew Judy Busch. People who never knew her are reaping the benefits of a deeply personal journey of grief and a job well done.

Dorian Quillen, Oklahoma City

Floyd Allen Medlock, the man convicted of killing Katherine Ann Busch, was executed nearly 11 years after the murder.